February 24, 2024

The Donald Trump-led Republican Party remains a distracting show. Last week, Trump was found guilty of defaming a writer and will have to pay $83 million. This week, Trump’s G.O.P. was focused on Taylor Swift and her boyfriend, and Trump bragged about having more fans than her. The Wall Street Journal found it appalling. The Republican Party’s decision to support Trump diverts attention from serious consequences. Trump demanded his party kill a major deal linking funding for Ukraine and Israel with changes in immigration policy. McConnell seemed to abandon the deal he asked a senator to negotiate. Schumer assured everyone that the mess was not McConnell’s fault, and Trump put Senate Republicans in a tough spot. Capitol Hill had a scheduled conversation, where Senator Angus King was alarmed about the consequences of the mess. He was struggling to make sense of the abrupt pivot by the Republicans.